Turn Your Land Rover Defender Into a Motorhome … in Europe
Driving cross-country in your Land Rover Defender and want to pull over and take a nap? You’re in luck. Autohome has developed a roof-top tent for the Land Rover Defender. Well, if you’re in Europe, that is. It’s unclear if these tents will ship across the pond, but they’re a great addition, particularly if you go off-roading. Which of course you will — you’re driving a Land Rover, the king of off-roading.
Staying on the well-worn path is OK too. Modern Defenders do as great cruising to the grocery store as they do driving through Hell’s Kitchen in Moab, Utah. Though you might not need the tent for a trip to the grocery store, having the Autohome when you are doing hardcore off-roading will probably come in handy.
Autohome is a handy Land Rover Defender accessory
The pop-up tent that Autohome created for the Defender is an easy way to enjoy the great outdoors without having to lug around tons of gear. The whole thing weighs only 141 pounds and folds up nicely into a slim, lockable box attached to any roof rack via four universal mounts. That means it won’t fly away unless you forget to put it down — then it might act as a sail.
It’s basic, with a 100 percent fiberglass roof, providing a place to sleep for two people. It also offers full wrap-around coverage made of Airtex, a light but weather- and tear-proof fabric, so you’re protected from the elements and mosquitoes. And it has insulation, which keeps the inside fairly cool.
The Autohome is perfect for quick excursions or even cross-country trips. That way, you won’t have to worry about finding a place to stay for the night or — worse — being forced to keep driving because there’s no place to sleep. This lovely tent ensures you always have a place to sleep.
The Defender is so awesome it got its own tent
It’s no surprise the 2021 Land Rover Defender is MotorTrend‘s SUV of the Year. This mighty crossover gets a five-star crash safety rating, and the Euro NCAP put it through the paces in several high-speed front- and side-impact tests.
The Defender also boasts a ton of built-in safety features besides standard airbags. There’s also blind-spot monitoring, a 3D surround-view camera, lane-keep assist, emergency braking, and a driver condition monitor.
If you’re heading off-road, you get even more safety features. Think low-traction launch, hill-descent control, hill-launch assist, and a terrain-response system. Front struts and an independent rear-end take care of the suspension, and you can add air springs too.
The exterior maintains Land Rover’s classic square shape, but the new Defenders are unibody crossovers with all-around independent suspension. The base engine is a 296 hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The other motor is a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder engine with a hybrid assist that puts out 395 hp. Both have four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic. There are also two- and four-door options. And when in Europe, you can snag a diesel option.
But no tent for you, America
Unfortunately for America, Autohome’s camper is available only in Europe. And according to Automobile Magazine, it’s unclear if it can ship to the States. So if you’re lucky enough to possess a Land Rover Defender in Europe, consider grabbing this roof-top tent. It’s an excellent addition that’ll provide you with a place to sleep during your marathon tour of trails across the old continent. And after an adventure like that, you’ll definitely need a nap.